Barium Swallow

What are the causes?
Structural causes:
  • Strictures
  • GORD
  • Zenkers diverticulum
  • Neoplasm
Neurologic causes:
  • cerebrovascular accident – stroke; haemorrhage
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Myelomeningocoele
Connective tissue disorders:
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Polio
  • Psychogenic dysphagia
  • Certain drugs
What is going to happen?
You will be asked to take several mouthfuls of barium and swallow whilst imaging. This will be done in several different positions. No patient preparation is required. A booking is usually not required.
When will I get my results?
After the test, the radiologist may discuss findings with you. The images will be stored on a disc which you can take to your doctor together with the report.

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